Press releases

  • 25 Oct 2015 - KABUL - UNAMA wishes to provide some clarity on internal safety and security assessments conducted by the United Nations for the purposes of its operations in Afghanistan. This is necessary following mischaracterisation in the media of UN security assessments. UNAMA regularly analyses the threat environment in which UN staff and other humanitarian entities in Afghanistan live and work.
  • 25 Oct 2015 - KABUL - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) expresses its serious concern at recent statements from the Taliban that identified specific Afghan media outlets and their staff as military targets. UNAMA urges all parties to the conflict to respect and protect the right to freedom of expression.
  • 25 Oct 2015 - NEW YORK - The Secretary-General is deeply troubled and saddened by the killing of Ms. Toorpaki Ulfat, a staff member of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), on 12 October in Kandahar. He urges the local authorities to undertake a rigorous and prompt investigation into the circumstances and motives behind this killing and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.
  • 25 Oct 2015 - KABUL - It is with great sadness that I confirm the loss of a colleague, Ms. Toorpaki Ulfat, who was assassinated in Kandahar city this morning.
  • 18 Oct 2015 - KABUL The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) praises the first-ever Ulema National Conference that took place on 12 October in Kabul. Around 500 participants from Ulema councils and independent Ulema, composed of Sunni and Shia religious scholars and different ethnic representations from every province in Afghanistan, met to discuss the role of Ulema, the peace process and Islamic values.
  • 04 Oct 2015 - NEW YORK - The Secretary-General strongly condemned the air strikes in Kunduz that resulted in the death and injury of medical workers and patients at a Médecins Sans Frontières hospital on 3 October. In a statement, the Secretary-General recalled that hospitals and medical personnel are explicitly protected under international humanitarian law, and called for a thorough and impartial investigation into the attack in order to ensure accountability.
  • 03 Oct 2015 - KABUL - The top UN envoy in Afghanistan condemned today what he called a “tragic and devastating” air strike on the Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Kunduz early this morning, which resulted in the deaths and injuries of medical personnel, patients and other civilians.
  • 30 Sep 2015 - KABUL As the situation unfolds in Kunduz, the United Nations in Afghanistan reminds all parties to the conflict of their obligations under international humanitarian law to protect civilians from harm and to respect human rights at all times.
  • 28 Sep 2015 - KABUL - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemns yesterday’s suicide attack in Zarghun Shahr district in the south-eastern province of Paktika. On 27 September, a suicide attacker detonated an improvised explosive device during a volleyball game, killing at least 17 civilians, including 15 children and injuring at least 60 others, the majority children.
  • 28 Sep 2015 - NEW YORK - The Secretary-General condemns the attack, claimed by the Taliban, on the city of Kunduz in northern Afghanistan today. Such attacks on civilians and civilian facilities are a clear violation of international human rights and humanitarian law.
  • 23 Sep 2015 - KABUL As Afghans prepare to mark the holy occasion of Eid-ul-Adha, UN envoy Nicholas Haysom wishes all Afghans a peaceful and joyous celebration.
  • 03 Sep 2015 - KABUL In the last of a series of three meetings to examine the role of United Nations entities in Afghanistan, senior Government and UN officials, along with representatives from the international donor community, met in Kabul today.
  • 24 Aug 2015 - KABUL UNAMA condemns in the strongest terms yesterday’s suicide attack in the Macorayan area of Kabul city that killed 12 and injured at least 88 others, including 13 children and 21 women. The attack was carried out on a crowded street, during rush hour and in front of a private hospital causing extensive damage to homes and property. It targeted a convoy from the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission, killing three contractors.
  • 08 Aug 2015 - KABUL Three attacks by Anti-Government Elements in Kabul on 7 August caused at least 355 civilian casualties – 42 deaths and 313 injured – the highest number of civilians killed and injured in one day since the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) began systematically recording civilian casualties in 2009. The attacks also caused extensive damage to civilian homes and property.